8:10 PM ET, July 19, 2013
Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas
Astros' Brandon Barnes hits for cycle; M's Brad Miller has 2 HRs, 5 RBIs
HOUSTON -- Seattle rookie Brad Miller waited 72 at-bats for his first major league homer.
The second one came much quicker.
Miller hit his first two major league homers on consecutive at-bats and drove in five runs as the Mariners overcame rookie Brandon Barnes' cycle for the Astros in a 10-7 win over Houston on Friday night.
"I was obviously pumped after the first one, hitting the ball well," he said. "I was just trying to have another good at-bat and I was able to get another one. So it was fun."
Miller, who started the season in Double-A, launched a two-run shot to the second deck in right field to chase starter Bud Norris (6-9) and make it 6-2 in the sixth.
"It felt pure, and I kind of blacked out there for a little bit," he said.
He finished with three hits and added a three-run homer when he sent one to the first row in right field, just beyond the grasp of a leaping Justin Maxwell, in the eighth.
"I didn't see it originally off the bat and then I saw Maxwell turn. I'm like: 'Gosh, he's like 7-foot tall. He's about to do something,'" Miller said of the 6-foot-5 Maxwell. "He was sizing up the wall, and I'm like: 'Just go.' And luckily it just got out of his reach."
Manager Eric Wedge was impressed with the work of his rookie.
"He has some power," Wedge said. "He has considerable power talking about ball off the bat, the way it jumps. He's going to be a hitter first. He'll hit a few home runs."
Barnes hit a solo homer in the second inning and had a run-scoring triple in the fourth. He singled in the sixth inning and completed the cycle with a sharp ground ball double down the right-field line in the eighth inning.
"That's a great feat, and it doesn't happen in our game every day," Houston manager Bo Porter said. "To accomplish it in a big league game is pretty impressive, and it couldn't have happened to a better guy."
He added a single in the ninth to finish 5-for-5 and become the first Astro to collect five hits since Hunter Pence did it in May 2008.
It was Seattle's 23rd straight game with at least one homer to extend the team record. It is tied for the sixth-longest such streak in major league history dating to 1916.
Mariners starter Joe Saunders (9-8) yielded nine hits and three runs with six strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings for his fourth straight win. Tom Wilhelmsen allowed two hits and a run in 1 1/3 innings for his 20th save.
Norris had a second straight tough start, allowing six hits and six runs with four walks in 5 2/3 innings. He has allowed 17 hits and 13 runs in his past two starts.
Miller's dazzling play wasn't limited to offense Friday night. He also had a nice night on defense, starting a nifty double play in the fourth inning by flipping a grounder hit by J.D. Martinez to second baseman Nick Franklin. Franklin barehanded the ball and threw it to first to complete the double play.
Barnes became the second player this season to hit for the cycle against the Mariners. Mike Trout of the Angels did it May 21.
It is the eighth time an Astro has hit for the cycle and the first time since Luke Scott did it May 28, 2006, against Arizona.
Barnes is the first right-handed hitter to accomplish the feat since Craig Biggio did it April 8, 2002, at Colorado. Barnes pumped his fist after he beat the throw into second base on his double.
Pinch hitter Brett Wallace grounded into a forceout that scored a run to cut the lead to 6-3.
Wallace added a two-run homer in Houston's three-run eighth inning.
Kendrys Morales singled to start the fourth inning. Seager gave Seattle a 2-1 lead with his shot to left field. Norris plunked Michael Saunders with one out before walking Mike Zunino. Dustin Ackley followed with a double that rolled into the left-field corner to score two and push the lead to 4-1.
The series continues Saturday when Seattle's Hisashi Iwakuma (8-4) opposes Erik Bedard (3-6). ... Houston will recall RHP Jarred Cosart from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Tuesday to start against Oakland. The 23-year-old took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and got the win, allowing just two hits and no runs in eight-plus innings, in his major league debut just before the break. He was optioned to Oklahoma City after the game but is scheduled to stay this time and be Houston's fifth starter.
HOUSTON, TX - JULY 19: Joe Saunders #23 of the Seattle Mariners throws a pitch in the first inning to Jose Altuve...(Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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|» Fri 7/19||SEA 10, @HOU 7||Box Score|
|Sat 7/20||SEA 4, @HOU 2||Recap|
|Sun 7/21||SEA 12, @HOU 5||Recap|
|Thu 8/29||SEA 3, @HOU 2||Recap|
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|2nd||B Barnes homered to center (419 feet).||0||1|
|4th||K Seager homered to left (342 feet), K Morales scored.||2||1|
|4th||D Ackley doubled to left, M Saunders and M Zunino scored.||4||1|
|4th||B Barnes tripled to deep center, J Maxwell scored.||4||2|
|6th||B Miller homered to right (415 feet), M Zunino scored.||6||2|
|6th||B Wallace grounded into fielder's choice to second, J Maxwell scored, M Dominguez out at second, B Barnes to third.||6||3|
|8th||B Miller homered to right (362 feet), M Zunino and D Ackley scored.||9||3|
|8th||M Dominguez grounded out to shortstop, J Maxwell scored, B Barnes to third.||9||4|
|8th||B Wallace homered to right (443 feet), B Barnes scored.||9||6|
|9th||J Smoak homered to right (397 feet).||10||6|
|9th||M Dominguez singled to center, B Barnes scored.||10||7|
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|Stadium||Minute Maid Park, Houston, TX|
|Attendance||24,635 (58.6% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Dale Scott, First Base - Bill Miller, Second Base - Todd Tichenor, Third Base - CB Bucknor|
From Elias: Kyle Seager extends his hit streak to 15 games tonight (HR in 4th inning). Seager has the longest active hit streak in the majors. Seager, who had a 16-game hitting streak back in April, is just the fourth player in Mariners history with multiple hitting streaks of 15 or more games in one season. The others were Ichiro Suzuki, who did it five times (most recently in 2008), Adrian Beltre (2006) and Joey Cora (1998).
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